October is upon us and with it the last few breaths of summer and the onset of winter. For many of us in the Northern Wilds, fall is the best time of year. The bugs are gone, and the trees are bare, which opens up a new view. Hunting opportunities abound and the air wafts between warm and crisp. It’s invigorating, and the moose think
The male moose are in rut, rubbing their antlers against trees to shed the velvet, sparring with other males, marking their scent and vocalizing their presence to the opposite sex. They will soon find a partner and mate, producing calves which will be born in the spring.
It’s a cause for celebration, and Grand Marais takes up the call during the third weekend of October with the Moose Madness Festival. Inside this issue you will find the Moose News & Tribune, which details the weekend’s events. There is a map of routes you can drive to look for moose and an article about the alces alces, the scientific name for a species that evokes the Northwoods.
Nace Hagemann, a local photographer, has taken up moose photography as a specialty. This month’s cover photo, and the photo spread along with his story verify that moose are an incredible species, and despite evidence that moose numbers are in decline, his photos give us hope and proof that they are still roaming the uplands and lowlands along the Gunflint Trail.
Also this month, we look forward to feeling spooked. Usually, it’s a feeling we run away from, but in October, we do our best to make life a little more scary. Joan Farnam talks with folks along the North Shore that report encounters with the unexplainable: UFOs, apparitions, and ghosts. It’s a creepy read, to be sure.
Julia Prinselaar, takes a slightly different approach and interviews three people that make their living at night, a time when most of us would rather be sleeping. Elle Andra-Warner gives us a primer on Halloween, and in the events section, you can read about Fright Fest and the Hunger Cabaret, a large Halloween event that draws thousands in Thunder Bay and incorporates zombies.
This issue us packed with other stories too. Check out Kelsey Roseth’s piece about the Thunder Bay Country Market or Joseph Friedrich’s profile of conservation officer Darin Fagerman. Gord Ellis gives us an update on the upcoming hunting season in Canada and how many permits will be available for different species in different areas.
So before winter blows in, take a slow drive and keep your eyes peeled for moose. And well, if you see anything unexplainable, we at Northern Wilds are all open ears to hear your story.